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Briar Heart
TESV Briar Heart
Base Value:
Alchemical Effects
Restore Magicka Fortify Block
5 pts for 0 sec 2% for 60 sec
Paralysis Fortify Magicka
for 1 sec 4 pts for 60 sec
Source: Forsworn Briarheart
Form ID: 0003AD61

Briar Heart is an ingredient in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It can be used to make potions at an alchemy lab as part of Alchemy.


  • They can be looted or pickpocketed from Forsworn Briarhearts. If their Briar Heart is pickpocketed, they will immediately die and a hole will appear in their chest because the Briar Heart is what is used to substitute for a Human Heart in the ritual in which they are created.
  • One can be found inside Fellglow Keep (inside the first door on the left).
  • Two can be found in Japhet's Folly Towers, which is visited during the quest "Rise in the East," on the lower floor (on a wooden plate across from the door, past the room full of food).


Main article: Potions (Skyrim)
Restore Magicka Fortify Block Paralysis Fortify Magicka

† multiple effects



  • Briar hearts are given to the Forsworn Briarhearts by Hagravens, and although the process makes them much stronger, this makes them lose their own heart to the hags.
  • A briar heart is needed to repair the White Phial in the quest "Repairing the Phial." For this reason, while the quest is active, any briar hearts that are collected will be counted as quest items and cannot be discarded, used to make potions, eaten or sold until the quest is completed.
  • When a briar heart is taken from the corpse of a Forsworn Briarheart, the body will disappear, then return, with the heart missing from the corpse. This happens very quickly and may not be noticed.
  • It is possible that design ideas for the briar heart were taken from the Pitaya Dragon fruit.
  • Despite the look of the heart, which is similar to the look of a blossom, there is no plant in the game containing these hearts. Neloth also mentions that Briar Hearts are seeds of sorts, comfirming it being of plant-like origin. 
  • The Briar heart is very similar to the rose on the top of the Sanguine Rose daedric artifact.
  • Despite the briar heart being put in place of a human heart, on the briarheart's body it is found too far to the side for it to be anatomically possible. Being closer to a human's lung rather than his heart, it is possibly a simple oversight by the developers.


This section contains bugs related to Briar Heart. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Sometimes, even after the completion of the quest "Repairing the Phial," Briar Hearts will remain marked as quest essential, making removal from the inventory in any way impossible. This was fixed in Skyrim patch 1.4
  • After their Briar Heart has been pickpocketed, the Forsworn Briar Heart may send hired thugs after the culprit.
  • There is a rare bug where after being sent to jail with a briar heart in their inventory, after being released there will be hundreds of hearts in the Dragonborn's inventory which could make them over-encumbered.
  • Briar Hearts may become tagged as quest items even after patch 1.4 (possibly due to having Dragonborn loaded). While they cannot be dropped, stored or used in making potions, all but one can be eaten.
  • Eating fourteen Briar Hearts will make the Dragonborn "use" an Elder Scroll, even if they do not have one in their inventory.confirmation needed


Start a Discussion Discussions about Briar Heart

  • Tasty?

    2 messages
    • Is it just me or does the Briar Heart look somewhat appetizing?
    • Reminds me a bit of a pine cone so not to me, also reminds me a lttle of helheim fruit and you really don't want to eat those.
  • Bug?

    2 messages
    • There seems to be a bug in my game. I was trying to buy a Briar Heart from the Alchemy Shop in Riften...But my game freezes everytime. Is th...
    • Thats on the Elgrim's Elixirs bugs section but theres no way of fixing it mentioned, maybe find somewhere else to buy one but there are rar...

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